UglyFood Recipes: "The cold never bothered me anyway" -- Handmade Gula Melaka Citrusy Granola with Frozen Berries

Do you love granola? We do! Today, I'm sharing one of the ways you can repurpose and increase shelf life of your fruits through freezing and dehydration techniques and incorporating the dehydrated fruits into granola to make your hearty breakfast or snack! 

Wondering why "The cold never bothered me anyway"? This is because we used frozen berries to dehydrate and they turned out perfectly good! You do not have to use fresh berries to for dehydration and this means that you can store your berries for a much longer shelf life in the freezer before using them! According to National Center for Home Food Preservation, fruits and vegetables can be stored in the freezer for 8-12 months.

For our granola, we incorporated nuts and chia seeds for the extra crunch and healthy fats, orange zest for the citrusy scent and coconut flakes for the extra flavour and texture. We dehydrated blueberries and strawberries -- you can use any other types of fruits as you deem fit! 

Save the buck and start making granola at home now! It is simple, fun and you get to put what you like. 


There are three components in this recipe:
1. Dehydrating the fruits
2. Bake the granola mix (oats, nuts, zest) 
3. Finish off with additional ingredients


Makes: 3 Giving Tree jars of granola (~1.2litre of granola) 

20-30 blueberries 
2 strawberries

To be baked:
2 cups of rolled oats
3 tbsp of almonds
3 tbsp of cashew
4 tbsp of coconut oil
4 tbsp of gula melaka syrup
1/2 tbsp of orange zest
1/4 tsp of salt

Added after baking:
1 tbsp of chopped coconut flakes
1 tsp of chia seeds

Equipment needed:
Dehydrator (optional) 

1. Remove blueberries and strawberries from freezer and wash them. 
2. Place baking paper on the dehydrating drying rack to place the blueberries (as blueberries will fall through the drying rack). For strawberries, can into slices and place directly on the rack. Please do not place strawberries on baking paper as they will stick to the paper after drying, making it difficult to remove. 
3. Dehydrate at 70 degrees Celsius for 7-9 hours until fully dry.

Note: if you do not have any dehydrator, you can place the fruits into the oven at 100 degrees Celsius for 2-4 hours until fully dry. 

Preparing granola mix
1. Preheat oven at 190 degrees Celsius. 
2. Add the dry ingredients with orange zest and mix well. 
3. Add the coconut oil and gula melaka into the mix. Fold them in until the granola mix is fully coated by them
4. Pour the granola mix onto a tray lined with baking paper. 
5. Bake for 20 minutes.
6. At the 10 minutes mark, take the tray out and stir them to allow even heating and this will prevent the granola to harden in huge chunks. You can omit this step if you love your granola in huge chunks! 
7. Remove granola from oven.

Ending off
1.  Add in chopped coconut flakes, chia seeds and dehydrated fruits into the granola
2. Mix well
3. After fully cooled, store in airtight container with oxygen absorber to increase freshness.